Can I breed the Silkie out of my cochin?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by DomiHentrix, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. DomiHentrix

    DomiHentrix Songster

    Sep 23, 2008
    Thurston County, WA
    I have three cochin silkie mix chickens, is it possible to breed them to a cochin rooster and their offspring to a cochin rooster to breed out the silkie?? I had read that the five toes were dominant and they all have them, does that mean that any offspring will have five toes even if they are only 25% silkie? I am starting to think that unless I want to keep silkies it would be pointless to breed them.

    Thanks in advance for any info-
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2008
  2. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    I'm sorry to say that if you want pure cochins, get rid of the crosses and get pure cochins. It would be far too much effort to attempt to breed out all the silkie traits present in those birds. It would not be worth breeding for years to get the cochin type back.

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